Sunday, June 16, 2013
Applicants will vie for 140 coveted plates including numbers Z7, 740 and 6868.
One-hundred-and-forty lucky Massachusetts drivers could soon find themselves sporting a brand new low number on their license plates. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has begun its annual low number license plate lottery, with plates made available from a specific low number cache, according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation statement Friday. Applicants will vie for 140 coveted plates including plate numbers Z7, 740 and 6868, according to the statement. “We expect to receive hundreds of applications leading up to the annual lottery,” Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian said in the statement. “We see interest and fascination from customers year after year. Some are trying to win a lucky number or letter …
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The debate raged on Beacon Hill Tuesday.
A packed hearing on Beacon Hill Tuesday dealt with the issue of possibly raising the mimimum wage for commonwealth workers, according to an Associated Press report posted on WBUR.com. While those in favor of the wage increase believe it to be about fairness and economic justice, the AP reported business groups said raising the minimum wage would make the state less competitive. Prior to Tuesday, SEIU Local 509 Director of Communications Jason Stephany said in a statement the minimum wage in the state has been at $8 an hour since January 2008. "Many jobs at large retail and restaurant chains pay so little that even full-time workers must rely on public assistance for the most basic necessities," according to the statement. The Senate …
Monday, June 10, 2013
Eddie Jenkins is no longer the director of diversity and civil rights at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Boston Herald reports.
The Boston Herald uncovered that a top state transportation official is gone from his job. Eddie Jenkins, the one-time chairman of the state Alcohol Beverages Control Commission, is no longer the director of diversity and civil rights for the state department of transportation, a job that paid $107,000 per year, according to the Herald Friday. Jenkins was investigated in 2008 and ultimately cleared of wrongdoing when authorities learned $10,000 in state money ended up in his personal bank account, the paper reports.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The checkpoints will be set up in Middlesex County.
The Massachusetts State Police announced that Sobriety Checkpoints will be implemented in Middlesex County on Friday, May 31-Saturday, June 1. “The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways,” reads a State Police press statement. “It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.” The program is paid through a grant from the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and…
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
It's been two months since the Massachusetts Center for the Book unveiled its list of must-read Massachusetts-related literary works for 2013.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Gusty northwest winds are expected Friday afternoon.
The National Weather Service is warning of elevated fire weather conditions developing Friday afternoon and continuing into Saturday for Massachusetts. Gusty northwest winds are expected Friday afternoon. The winds plus dry conditions will create a fire hazard, according to the NWS report. Elevated fire conditions will continue through mid-day Saturday, but winds should diminish in the afternoon. There is a “low probability” that southwest winds on Sunday will cause a wind advisory.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The program aims to keep a closer look at who is using welfare, how it is being used and to restore public trust in the office.
A month after the head of the state welfare office resigned amid allegations of squandering millions of dollars, the department announced a new 100-day plan to reign in waste and fraud. "Our mission is to strengthen our programs to ensure that only those who are eligible for benefits receive them," Stacey Monahan, interim commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance, said Thursday. “This plan will help us reach those goals, while ensuring that our precious taxpayer resources are used appropriately and only as intended.” Reports surfaced in January that the agency may have overpaid federal food stamp recipients by almost $28 million since 2010 and given millions to people who weren't eligible for welfare. The 100-day plan, …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The answer may surprise you.
A family of four in Massachusetts needs to earn nearly $74,000 to make ends meet without public or private assistance, according to a study released Thursday by the Crittenton Women's Union. In Winchester, that number is higher—$81,576. This amount includes rent, utilities, food, transportation, healthcare and personal needs. According to the Boston Globe, the gap between earnings and cost of living is increasing because of increased costs, no raises at work and a higher required level of education. Although the cost of living for a single-mother-headed household is high, they are not the only ones having trouble. Crittendon Women's Union's study noted four in 10 two-parent homes also struggle to succeed in the state. “You get into what …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Boston Business Journal will recognize these 2013 Pacesetters—and announce the No. 1 business in Massachusetts—at an event in April in downtown Boston.
A Winchester business and several dozen other Massachusetts businesses will be recognized this spring by the Boston Business Journal for being among the fastest growing private companies in the state. The 2013 Pacesetters includes 70 companies from across the commonwealth—businesses that saw the most revenue growth over the past three years, with a revenue baseline of $1 million, according to the BBJ website. Making the list is Fuseideas, located at 8 Winchester Place, Suite 304 in Winchester. "Companies that are seeking relevance, growth and sustainability in this constantly changing world look to Fuseideas," reads the company's About page on its website. Some of Fuseideas customers are FOX, ESPN, HBO, Adidas, Reebok and the Boston …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The commonwealth joins eight other states in restricting carbon dioxide emissions.
Massachusetts has signed an agreement with eight other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90 million tons over the next six years. As part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first mandatory “cap-and-trade” program for carbon dioxide emissions – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are lowering the current cap on power plant emissions from the 165 to 91 million tons per year, starting in 2014. After 2020, the cap will continue to lower by 2.5 percent per year. “This is one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction measures that we have seen,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. The RGGI Board of Directors …